Make All The Household Cleaners You Need With These Four Simple Ingredients

How do you manage living on your own? If you are just embarking on life away from home for the first time, you may be a little be overwhelmed, especially by the prospect of taking care of your digs. What products do you need to keep on hand? How much do cleaning products and equipment cost? In this article, we will share some tips to help you prepare for keeping your home clean and tidy without putting a significant dent in your finances. Read on to learn more.

Make Your Own Products Cheaply
If you hate the smell of the cleaning aisle, you are not alone. With thousands of choices in cleaning products all amassed in one place, the chemical smell is annoying at best and literally sickening at worst. That’s why you’ll be happy to know that you don’t need to visit the cleaning aisle. Instead, you can make all of the cleaning products you need with four very simple, affordable ingredients. They are:

  1. Baking Soda: This mild alkaline abrasive is all natural and very cheap (usually 2 boxes for a dollar). It is an effective deodorizer and a mild abrasive that can be used for gentle scrubbing power.
  2. White Vinegar: This natural acidic liquid acts as a degreaser. It is a streak free cleaning agent and a mild disinfectant and deodorizer.
  3. Dish Soap: This is a pH neutral cleaner. If you need warm, soapy water, use dish soap and warm water.
  4. Rubbing Alcohol: This is a fast-drying disinfectant that can be used to clean and sanitize surfaces and areas that hold germs and bacteria.

Use these four ingredients to make all kinds of cleaners!

  • All purpose cleaner: Mix 1 part dish soap and 20 parts water.
  • Disinfectant: Combine 50/50 rubbing alcohol and water.
  • Tub, Tile & Toilet Cleaner: Mix 50/50 vinegar and dish soap. Sprinkle soiled area with vinegar before spraying for extra abrasive power.
  • Glass Cleaner: Combine 50/50 vinegar and water.

Get The Right Equipment
You’ll also need some cleaning equipment. Start by purchasing a sturdy caddy to keep your cleaning product in. You’ll also need some spray bottles. You can either buy new ones inexpensively at a dollar store or repurpose old ones. If you do repurpose, be sure to rinse the bottles thoroughly before mixing up your cleaning products. No matter what, be sure to label your bottles once they contain products. This will help you avoid confusion.

You will also need:

  • Double sided sponges give you one soft surface and one abrasive surface.
  • Use paper towel for really dirty spills and for the toilet.
  • You will also need a toilet bowl brush.
  • Use an old toothbrush to clean tight spots.
  • Micro-fiber cloths are good for dusting.
  • Optical cloth is good for cleaning electronics.
  • Use rubber gloves if you wish.

Be sure to rinse your sponges after every use and replace them periodically. Keep them in an area with good air circulation to allow them to dry between uses. You can wash your micro fiber cloths and your optical cloth, but be sure not to use fabric softener. Wash all cleaning brushes with hot water. You can sterilize used toothbrushes by running them through the dishwasher or soaking them in rubbing alcohol.
For Your Floors
Buy a good quality bucket and mop. The micro fiber twist mop is a good choice. Get a wringer bucket to get your mop properly damp. Without a wringer, it will be too wet and will make a sloppy mess.

You will also need a good broom, but don’t think that this takes the place of a vacuum. Vacuuming can be a challenge because of the cost and the storage, but you need a vacuum get rid of dust and pet hair. Sweeping and picking up gets rid of some of it, but not all. A hand held or stick vacuum saves space. If purchasing a vacuum is too expensive, put it on your Amazon wish list and/or ask for it as a holiday or birthday present.
Save Money & The Environment
When you follow these smart tips, you can keep your place neat and clean without using dangerous, toxic chemicals. You can also save a fortune. Your total cost for all of your cleaning products (except vacuum) is about $50. Replacing your ingredients one at a time is very affordable.

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